NASA Flight & Rocket Lab


The NASA Flight and Rocketry Lab houses flight simulators and a STEM lab for developing high-power rockets and small payloads for space flight. This facility provides support for the following CAE programs:

    • NASA Flight Training Aerospace Education Laboratory (AEL): funded through a NASA Glenn Research Center award, this program high-tech computer-base classroom designed to give students in grades 7-12 a project-based learning environment for applying skills in math and science. Students work at a variety of interactive stations to explore either:
          * AERONAUTICS scenario where students gather essential data to complete a cross-country flight
          * MICROGRAVITY scenario where students explore phenomena and processes normally masked by the effects of gravity.

    • High-Power Rocketry Lab: this STEM-based lab is equipped to support student research in high-power rocketry [involving rockets using motor impulse rating up to O (4960 Ns) at certified Level 3] and the esign and fabrication of small payloads (up to approximately 7 kg). The lab includes a shake table, vacuum chamber, wind tunnel, zero-G drop tower and electronics lab as well as an outdoor static rocket motor test facility). See this link for more information on the resource capacity of this lab.

    • Hawaii Space Grant Consortium: students funded through HSGC fellowships carry out their research projects at this lab.

    • Project Imua Headquarters: funded through HGSC, Project Imua is a joint faculty-student enterprise of multiple University of Hawai‘i Community College campuses devoted to the development of high-power rockets and small payloads for space flight while providing undergraduates with project-based learning opportunities in STEM fields.

Some Hightlights of Windward's
NASA Flight Training Aerospace Education Laboratory






Location: The NASA Flight & Rocketry Lab is located at 'Imiloa 112 at Windward Community College.



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NASA lab

Flight Simulator




A Virtual Reality simulator that allows students to engage in the multi-task experience for flight. Participants can choose from a variety of vehicles—from a Skyhawk-172 aircraft to a 747 commercial jet to NASA's Space Shuttle









A research-grade wind tunnel provides students the opportunity to explore the physics of fluid and aerodynamics.





wind tunnel






A Drop Tower that enables students to experiment with zero gravity.






drop tower





WCC joins with 32 other colleges, universities and science centers across the nation in this joint educational venture with NASA.





Center for Aerospace Education
Hokulani Imaginarium
Windward Community College

updated: 2/19/22